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Iroquois Flood Threat Subsides, River Levels Dropping

Monday Morning Update: 4/22/13

As the new work week gets underway, the threat of flood waters in Iroquois County have weakened. The Iroquois River and Sugar Creek have crested. River levels have been dropping.

Minor flooding at Chebanse and Iroquois continue, but any threat of severe flooding appears to be over, barring no additional heavy rainfall.

The City of Watseka has barricades in place at usual flood sites, but water levels have been receding. Watseka Public Works Department has barricades in place at N. 4th Street (near the Nettie Davis School), N. 5th and Elm, 6th and Ash. Radio Station Road (1973 E 1950 N) was under water, closed by Middleport Township.

· AS ALWAYS, SHOULD YOU EXPERIENCE A FLOODED ROAD, TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

MORE Flood info:

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Chicago: Iroquois River at Iroquois

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Chicago: Sugar Creek at Milford

 

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Watseka Flood Update: Caution, Water Reaches Raodways

UPDATE:  4/20/13  4:55 pm

Motorists in Watseka need to use caution and be aware of flooded roadways. Barricades are in place on N. 4th Street near the Nettie Davis School and on Radio Station Road (1973E 1950N).

Although the monitoring points on the Iroquois River at Iroquois and Sugar Creek at Milford shows the water levels have crested and are dropping, water is flowing to Watseka. There’s no immediate danger to serious flooding of homes or businesses, but roadways will be impacted.

Should you encounter flooded roads, turn around and find another passable route.

Watseka Public Works Department reported the water levels on the creek and river rose approximately 3 inches an hour overnight, but has slowed to less than an inch per hour today (Sat).

The Iroquois River at Iroquois and Sugar Creek at Milford have crested. However, minor flooding will continue in Watseka until the flow weakens.

· Note the most-current NWS Flood Charts ….

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Chicago: Iroquois River at Iroquois

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Chicago: Sugar Creek at Milford

 

Courtesy: NWS, www.iqesda.com

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River Flooding Continues >

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN ILLINOIS…

DU PAGE RIVER AT SHOREWOOD AFFECTING WILL COUNTY FOX RIVER AT DAYTON AFFECTING LA SALLE COUNTY IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR CHEBANSE AFFECTING IROQUOIS & KANKAKEE COUNTIES KANKAKEE RIVER AT MOMENCE AFFECTING KANKAKEE COUNTY… KISHWAUKEE RIVER AT BELVIDERE AFFECTING BOONE COUNTY KISHWAUKEE RIVER NEAR PERRYVILLE AFFECTING WINNEBAGO COUNTY ROCK RIVER AT BYRON AFFECTING OGLE COUNTY ROCK RIVER AT DIXON AFFECTING LEE COUNTY SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY … DU PAGE RIVER NEAR WARRENVILLE AFFECTING DU PAGE COUNTY THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IL.IN.

DES PLAINES RIVER NEAR RUSSELL AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY DES PLAINES RIVER NEAR GURNEE AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY DES PLAINES RIVER AT LINCOLNSHIRE AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY DES PLAINES RIVER NEAR DES PLAINES AFFECTING COOK COUNTY DES PLAINES RIVER AT RIVERSIDE AFFECTING COOK COUNTY EAST BRANCH DU PAGE RIVER AT BOLINGBROOK AFFECTING WILL COUNTY FOX RIVER AT ALGONQUIN TAILWATER AFFECTING KANE & MCHENRY COUNTIES FOX RIVER AT MONTGOMERY AFFECTING KANE & KENDALL COUNTIES IL RIVER AT MORRIS AFFECTING GRUNDY COUNTY IL RIVER AT OTTAWA AFFECTING LA SALLE COUNTY IL RIVER AT LA SALLE AFFECTING BUREAU & LA SALLE COUNTIES IROQUOIS RIVER AT RENSSELAER AFFECTING JASPER COUNTY… IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR FORESMAN AFFECTING NEWTON COUNTY… IROQUOIS RIVER AT IROQUOIS AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY… KANKAKEE RIVER AT DUNNS BRIDGE AFFECTING PORTER COUNTY… KANKAKEE RIVER NEAR KOUTS AFFECTING JASPER & PORTER COUNTIES… KANKAKEE RIVER AT SHELBY AFFECTING LAKE & NEWTON COUNTIES… LITTLE CALUMET RIVER AT MUNSTER AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY PECATONICA RIVER NEAR SHIRLAND AFFECTING WINNEBAGO COUNTY ROCK RIVER AT ROCKTON AFFECTING WINNEBAGO COUNTY ROCK RIVER AT LATHAM PARK AFFECTING WINNEBAGO COUNTY VERMILION RIVER NEAR LEONORE AFFECTING LA SALLE COUNTY

NO ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL IS EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

SAFETY MESSAGE.IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROADWAY.TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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Red Cross Ready, if Needed in Iroquois County

The Iroquois County Chapter of the American Red Cross is prepared to step up and assist anyone or any family should evacuations become necessary from the flooding that's inundated much of Illinois.

The Iroquois River and Sugar Creek have climbed out of their banks since the heavy rainfall earlier in the week.  The National Weather Service has provided hourly updates of the expected rise in rivers and streams.  The river and creek are showing signs of cresting and water levels are likely to begin receeding Saturday.

Evacuations are not likely to be necessary locally in Iroquois County.  However, Red Cross President Dan Raymer has been in contact with ESDA (Emergency Services and Disaster Agency) officials, assuring the emergency agency that assistance would be available, if necessary.

The Red Cross contact is 815-432-4659.

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kankakee Man avoids prison in DUI case

Kankakee Man avoids prison in DUI case

45-year-old Serafin Medina of Kankakee was spared a prison sentence for a DUI conviction. Instead, he’ll serve a house-arrest for his DUI, which involved a traffic accident that killed his uncle.


Judge Susan Sumner Tungate (Friday) imposed the sentence which allows Serafin Medina to become the first in Kankakee County to avoid a prison term in favor of the experimental program, requiring him to wear an ankle device to monitor any alcohol consumption.

Judge Tungate considered Medina’s three teen daughters, in electing to go with the house-arrest. A prison term could have led to the three daughters being sent to Mexico or splitting up the family and sending the girls to foster-homes.

The Daily-Journal reports a Mexican immigrant living legally in the U.S., Medina has worked at the same job for 25 years. Medina has no criminal record other than the DUI felony conviction that killed his uncle in the March 2009 accident in St. Anne.

Judge Tungate sentenced Medina to 18 months of work-release. He’ll be allowed to leave only for work and will spend weekends in the county jail. Part of his probation also prohibits him from consuming any alcohol.


94.1 FM, WGFA.